Banburyshire Song And Ale
A fund-raiser for The Friends Of The Horton
Song and Ale 2018

When and Where

Friday 5th April to Sunday 7th April 2019
(Starts at 18:00 on Friday, ends at 16:00 on Sunday)
At Banbury Cricket Club, White Post Road, Bodicote OX15 4BN
(Entrance, sign-posted "The Pavillion", opposite Bishop Loveday School on White Post Road.)

The Friends Of The Horton :-

The Friends are a charitable group who not only run the shop at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury,
but also a book service for the patients.
After liaising with the nurses and doctors at the hospital, the monies they raise every year, or receive in donations, is spent on purchasing items identified, often of quite low cost, but very useful. (Such as commodes, variable height sinks, maternity equipment, and even a mural for the childrens ward.)
Not only will all profits from this event will be donated to The Friends Of The Horton, but all monies from Supporter and Sponsor Tickets.

Two hundred and eighty pounds raised in 2018. Thanks everyone!


Tickets (prices from ten pounds to twenty-five pounds) are available online from here, or fill in this form and post it, or can be bought at the event.

Supporters and Sponsors

If you are unable to get attend, but would still like to support the fund-raising, please buy a Supporter or Sponsor Ticket from here


A weekend, in sing-around format, of traditional, comic and contemporary songs, and the occasional story or poem. Special guest appearances and music sessions in the downstairs bar. Accompanied by fine ales from Marstons and the local Gun Dog Ales brewery, and with food from the Wild View caterers. All set at the wonderful venue which is Banbury Cricket Club. Outdoor camping available (no electric hook-up), and plenty of B&B accomodation in Banbury.
Alongside the running of the Grand National, there will be hobby horses. Some may be racing, some looking elegant, some larking about.

Special Guests and Timetable :-

18:00 Meet and Greet
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Start of evening session
21:00 Friday - Special Guests - Thrup'nny Bits
Thrup'nny Bits are a three voice unaccompanied harmony group singing traditional and contemporary folk songs, some music hall material, with some Early Music and humorous songs for good measure. Many of their songs encourage (even require) audience participation! Barbara and Gareth Wyatt, and Des Patalong come from Warwickshire and Coventry and are well known on the local folk scene.
11:00 Start of morning session
17:15 Grand National - with hobby horse accompanyment
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Start of evening session
21:00 Saturday evening - Special Guests - Jake in the Box
The Songs of Jake Thackray performed by Jake in the Box. Paul Kearns and Ron Middleton celebrate the work of this outstanding musician, songwriter and sadly missed troubadour. "Perfectly capturing the wry, anarchic humour of Thackray's songs, these talented musicians are committed to reproducing the authentic Jake Thackray sound with beautiful acoustic guitar from Paul and Ron's own dry, anarchic take on the songs that made Jake Thackray so popular."
11:00 Start of morning session
12:00 Sunday morning - Special Guest - Mark Pidgeon
Mark is an Oxfordshire based singer-songwriter whose thought provoking songs have made people sit up and take notice wherever he has played. He draws from his own life experiences and from what is happening in the world around him and puts his thoughts into his own style which has its roots in Americana and Modern Folk music. He runs the successful Wychwood Folk Club, showcasing an eclectic mix of Folk, Roots, Acoustic and Americana Music.
13:00 Lunch
16:00 Close and Farewell

Ales :-

To be confirmed.

Stewards :-

If you would like to be a steward at Song and Ale, please fill in this form and return to Jules Procter.
Any queries or comments, please contact via :-
E-mail :- Jules Procter

Facebook :- Jules Procter

Thanks :-

Many thanks to Sharon, Guy and their staff at Banbury Cricket Club, the caterers and above all,
the supporters of Song and Ale.